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Im almost done with my new commercial building(new construction).

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I'm almost done with my new commercial building(new construction). In order to schedule the final inspection the electrical and plumbing works should be finished. But my general contractor wants me to pay all remaining balance in FULL, otherwise he doesn't want to do anything. My balance is around $20000 and i have offered him half of this sum, but he is insisting on payment in full. Is there any law which prohibit him to charge me until the job has been done completely?
Unfortunately, the charges and billing are pursuant to whatever your contract with him states. Generally, there is anywhere from a 10%-25% retainage fee, which is what the customer holds back until all final check offs and sign offs are completed, but you have to read your contract. Absent anything in there specifying the retainage, I am afraid they can demand payment in full when the contract says payment is due. However, if he is not done and you cannot get a sign off on the final inspections, then you need to give him notice he is in breach of contract (depending of course on what the contract specifies) for not completing the project. Also, if the contract is silent, you need to negotiate the final payment with him to retain some money as your insurance he completes the job and that would be the only remaining recourse with him when the contract calls for payment in full without retainage before completion.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

He does not pick up the phone on me. What is the agency I may file my complaint to against all his violations?

You call the state contractor's board

It would be even better if you find out he does not have a contractor's license, because in CA that means automatically he would not be entitled to sue you and would not be entitled to any more money from you by CA law. However, if he is currently licensed, the contractor's board will investigate him and sanction him if they find violations.
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